To watch the playful energy of children is a wondrous thing, as Lee’s friend, Alain, has noticed. Why isn’t this energy preserved into our adulthood? Does it naturally go away as we get older? Is it possible to have this energy as adults? In this short video, Lee gives his thoughts about this to Alain.
I’m not as energetic as I was and they can say “That’s Age, Lee”. Maybe some of it is age, but a lot of it is my own thinking habits.
I am much more sedentary than a 10-year-old child would be – only because my mind is a lot more settled. I have responsibilities. I have a routine that a 10-year-old child doesn’t.
What I think you are seeing is that we come into this world ready to absorb. And that readiness to absorb slows down for a wide variety of reasons. Very few those reasons are inside of us. Most of those reasons that we slow down that rate of learning is coming from outside of us – what we’ve accepted as beliefs from the outside.
So if we want to learn at an accelerated pace, that’s still available to us. But we have to overcome the thinking that would be using to live most of our adult life. It’s a habit to see ourselves the way we do. And we conform to our own beliefs about ourselves. To see ourselves as responsible adults is essentially to slow down the way we were born – the curiosity. The wonderment starts to slow down when we start to see ourselves as responsible adults.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t see ourselves as responsible adults. I’m saying that we should protect this wonderment that every child has. We see it in every child. We still have it. We’ve just covered it up with the things we’ve learned and absorbed from our culture. Our energy comes from our belief of who we are.